Senator Rubio Proposes to Commerce Committee to Make DST Permanent in Florida
A week ago, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio sent a letter requesting the Commerce Committee to consider the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 (S. 623). He sent this letter to Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce. Rubio has reintroduced the legislation to make Daylight Saving Time permanent across the country.
According to Rubio, the yearly practice no longer serves its purpose, considering the vast majority of Americans participating in Daylight Saving Time for eight months out of the year. Besides, some studies showed the adverse effects of DST. Rubio explains that extending DST can benefit the economy and people’s overall health.
In his letter, Rubio stated that although Daylight Saving Time is not a new idea, it is still worth considering by the committee. Besides, Florida is not the only state in the movement to end the unnecessary practice. According to Rubio, other 15 states continue to consider measures that would make DST the standard time. Both Washington and Mississippi have enacted measures to call for permanent DST.